Cyprus Mail

New wing at Larnaca general to open this year

Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou

The new wing at Larnaca general hospital is expected to be delivered in 2019, Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said on Monday.

In statements after a visit to the hospital, the minister said during a telephone conversation with the contractor, he was informed that “the maximum delay will be six to eight weeks, so instead of April we hope to deliver it in May or early June. But I was told this, nothing was in writing.”

When the building is delivered, Ioannou said, it will take a few weeks or months to equip it.

Asked if it will be ready this year, he said “surely, if the deadlines are met, as the contractor has told me today. We hope so, because we need it urgently.”

The project has a long history of delays.

Construction work on the €27 million project began in the second half of 2013.

There were significant delays as far back as 2014, when the government had disagreements with the contractor. In November 2014 then Communication Minister Marios Demetriades said the project would not be completed for another two years due to the delays.

It was later on expected to be completed by March 2017, but the new completion date was pushed back to the end of 2017 in September 2016.